July 24, 2014
Obama’s LGBT executive order offers an opportunity for religious organizations in America to embrace new paradigms for missional living.
I'm not sure this executive order warrants the amount of handwringing I've seen from much of the Christian community. The number of religious organizations that work for (or contract for) the federal government is extremely limited--and as the CT article notes, such work is rarely directly funded with federal dollars. Rather, it is funded via grants, which aren't subject to the same scrutiny.
And if such a religious organization WAS asked to follow this new executive order, they could, rather, choose to no longer contract for the federal government, could they not? Are we again seeing "persecution" where none actually exists?
mgeertsma- You make very good points here and I agree with much of what you say. After recently meeting with national Christian leaders in Africa and Southeast Asia, I too am very mindful of calling anything we face in the U.S. "persecution." Unfortunately, when people are used to unlimited religious freedom, any reduction brings the battle cry for "my rights." Again, this is a decidedly Western mindset. My hope here in the article is to encourage those who may see this as an "attack" on faith to consider the potential up-side. Clearly, there is a whole demographic, such as yourself, that does not even view it in warfare language. I tend to agree, which is why i felt compelled to speak to my brothers and sisters who I sensed were losing too much sleep over this, and offer a compelling strategy of hope. Thanks again for reading and commenting.
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